Former Nigerian boxer, Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Okorodudu has passed on after battling foot ulcer. He was due for amputation on Friday.
His wife, Adenike Okorodudu confirmed the unfortunate news on Wednesday night.
Jerry, who competed in the men’s middleweight event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, died at a private hospital in Lagos where he was admitted earlier.
Remi Aboderin, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Boxing Board of Control and the President, West Africa Boxing Union, also confirmed the Olympian’s demise.
“It is true. I just confirmed it after you called me and I reached out to some colleagues. It is unfortunate that he died this way, and I am actually lost for words. May his soul rest in peace,” said Aboderin.
Okorodudu’s health troubles began in 2020 with a boil affliction that impacted his mobility, leading to surgery.
However, his condition worsened after being diagnosed with a foot ulcer and suffering a stroke.
Okorodudu was a celebrated athlete who represented Nigeria in the middleweight category at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
He was also a gold medalist at the Oluyole 1979 National Sports Festival in Ibadan.